FAA Regulation of Security at Major U.S. Airports: Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, First Session, December 17, 1987   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Cardiss Collins: "Today's hearing is on security-all aspects of airline passenger security-at the six major U.S. airports. Principally, the components of airline and airport security consist of the following: One, the screening of passenger and carry-on luggage; Two, the proper issuance and control of employee identification badges; Three, measures to prevent unauthorized access to aircraft and restricted airport areas; and Four, procedures to challenge unauthorized persons within restricted airport areas. Approximately 10 months ago, I requested the General Accounting Office [GAO] to review security at all category 'X' U.S. airports. Category X airports are those which, in the view of the Federal Aviation Administration, are most vulnerable to terrorists and other security threats. Currently there are 16 category X airports. Today GAO has completed its review of security at six of those category X airports: Los Angeles International; O'Hare International; National Airport in Washington, DC; JFK; Miami International; and Hartfield International Airport in Atlanta. In presenting those findings to us today, GAO in identifying specific weaknesses in airline and airport security will not-for security reasons-identify specific airports, and I would hope that the subcommittee members would refrain from asking GAO to do so." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cardiss Collins, Kenneth M. Mead, Thomas J. Barchi, and Thomas C. Sawyer.

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